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Churchwood Finance celebrates 50th apprentice
Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 43, Issue 7
UK financial-solutions provider Churchwood Finance celebrated after its 50th apprentice successfully completed her course.
Kate Rutherford, who works in Churchwood’s customer-service team, completed an apprenticeship in team leading.
Churchwood, based in Stockport, Cheshire, works with Damar Training, which offers training and recruitment services to employers across north-west England.
The Churchwood Group chief executive, Paul Naden, said: “Over three quarters of the apprentices we have taken on through Damar are still employed in the business, which is excellent, particularly given the economic uncertainty of the past three years and that some of the successful apprentices started their courses nearly four years ago.”
“Damar has also helped with the training of our other employees, meaning that they now have an improved understanding of business processes, which is particularly important in a regulated financial-services environment.”
“Investing in our people is at the heart of our strategy and our commitment to supporting our staff through apprenticeships forms part of this. In our sector, high-quality compliance procedures, coupled with fantastic customer service, are critical. Apprenticeships help to ensure that staff competence is professionally assessed and developed.”
Damar’s managing director, Jonathan Bourne, commented: “Churchwood is one of the leading supporters of apprenticeships in the region. As well as creating new job opportunities for numerous local people, including school-leavers, the company has used apprenticeships to help staff as they progress into team-leading and management roles. Over the period we have worked with Churchwood we have seen strong growth in its business and I am delighted that apprentices have made a contribution to this success.”